Inch by inch, the Medicine River Wildlife Centre is getting closer to the long-awaited completion of its new animal hospital.
This winter, staff will need to continue taking care of animals inside a makeshift facility described as awkward by Executive Director Carol Kelly.
Thankfully though, the end is near.
"We are in the process of closing the building in. We had a donor who recently stepped forward and gave us $30,000 and another donor who is buying us all the windows and doors," Kelly says. "The shingles will soon go on the roof and we have a donor who is paying for the installation of those. Now we're just waiting on pricing for the plumbing inside."
What's left to fundraise is $170,000, plus another $125,000 Kelly is hoping to obtain through the CFEP grant's small stream. They were denied funding after applying for the program's large stream last year.
"If for some reason the $125,000 did come from elsewhere and we didnt need to go to the grant for that, that opens the door for me to go to the grant to apply for funds to build our new birds of prey compound," she notes. "There's always somethIng else."
The raptor compound is going to cost approximately $160,000.
Kelly says if all goes well, they'll be opening the hnew hospital sometime next spring or summer.
The Medicine River Wildlife Centre is also embarking on a book launch tour next week. More details are on Facebook.
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